A GROUP of fund-raisers are set to take on a challenge of a lifetime later this year in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.
Margaret Mandrell, from Worcester, will join several other people from elsewhere in the county on a ten day trek through Burma in November.
The 65-year-old, who has eight grandchildren, is no stranger to gruelling challenges having previously walked along the Great Wall of China and on New Zealand’s South Island.
Mrs Mandrell said she chose to support the charity after a friend was helped by the hospice recently.
“I am looking forward to seeing the real Burma, meeting new people, and raising money for such a worthwhile cause,” she added.
Callum Davies is also set to embark on the trek. The 23-year-old said he wanted to support St Richard’s after they cared for his Nan Mary Bullock when she was dying with cancer and because his grandad Harold Bullock was stationed in Burma while in the army.
“When my nan received the news that she was terminally ill she cried just once and that was the last time I saw her cry,” she added.
“She said something then that has always stuck with me, inspired me and is an important value of mine, ‘I’m not going to cry anymore, I’ve had a great life, I’ve enjoyed it and made the most of it.
“This is natural and I don’t want anyone else to cry because of that.’ At the end of the day, what will be, will be and the only thing we have the power to change is our reaction.”
Callum has fund-raised for St Richard’s before including completing the 31 mile Worcestershire Way Walk on his 21st birthday.
There are still places available to sign up for the adventure. Log onto www.strichards.org.uk/Events/trekburma to find out more.